The Destruction of a Dissident

From the BBC:

Leading Chinese dissident, Gao Zhisheng, has been “utterly destroyed” after three years in jail, says his international lawyer, Jared Gensher.

Mr Gao – who was released from prison last week – was emotionless, “basically unintelligible” and had lost teeth through malnutrition, Mr Gensher said.

As a prominent human rights lawyer, Mr Gao had defended China’s Christians and followers of the Falun Gong movement.

He is alleged to have suffered physical and psychological abuse in jail.

As well as losing many teeth, Mr Gao’s daily ration of cabbage and a single slice of bread had caused him to lose 20 kg in weight, according to a statement by US-based advocacy group, Freedom Now.

The group said he had been confined to a cramped cell, with very little light, and had been largely deprived of human contact until his release.

Freedom Now said Mr Gao’s wife, Geng He, had spoken to her husband and was “completely devastated” by what the Chinese government had done to him.

“The only thing I feared more than him being killed was his suffering relentless and horrific torture and being kept alive,” she is quoted as saying.

Addendum: according to Wikipedia, Gao was held in a prison in Xinjiang Province, a prison far inland with few Western sympathizers and a hardline against people who challenge Beijing.

Note: The main reason for the venom the Chinese government had against Mr. Gao was not so much his defense of Christians, but his desire to support & protect the banned Falun Gong group.

Lesson One: Western governments talk a lot about their willingness to expand and defend religious freedom anywhere. This is obviously false, nothing but blasts of hot air to satisfy the intellectuals. Money is far more important than liberal blather, as is noted by their support of Saudi Arabia and their willingness to dump Mr. Gao down the memory hole for the sake of Chinese deals.

Mr. Gao’s nomination for the Noble Peace Prize didn’t protect him. And if anything, his Christianity would only increase the pain poured on him, not lessen it.

Lesson Two: Christians are commanded to be brave, and to push forward the Kingdom regardless of the cost. And yet, Jesus Himself said, count the cost. I don’t know if Mr. Gao really did so: perhaps not, as he spent a lot of time trying to escape capture by the government.

Now, he has paid the price. I doubt if he thinks that the trade-off was worth it.

Remember that Christianity is a costly religion: you did not pay the price for your salvation, but there may well be a lesser price, as no servant is greater than his master. Jesus Christ was tortured, humiliated and left to die naked on a cross, based on a kangaroo court set up by the deeply religious people who you’d think would back Him.

Summary:

“What is it you want?” he asked.

She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”

“We can,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.” — Matthew 20:21-23

If you can’t pay the cost, don’t fool yourself – do yourself a favour, and back off.

If you can pay the price, first make sure that you are buying the right goods – the glory of the Kingdom of God, and not some lesser good, like religious liberty or Western cultural supremacy or equality for all. If you want to work for God, you must work only for Him, and aim for the reward only He can give… and not the applause of wealthy and powerful men.

Our God is a jealous God, and simply will not share His glory with any other god, or any other power.

One Final Note:

The Dissident was not Destroyed permanently. From Freegao.com

I wrote previously,

Now, he has paid the price. I doubt if he thinks that the trade-off was worth it.

Perhaps he does think the trade-off was worth it, after all. If it glorifies Christ the King, then I agree.

More videos from China Aid are here; their website is here.

As for the might and power of the Chinese economy, the current deity Western governments prostitute their supposedly sacred human rights for, North’s article Showdown in China: Keynes vs. Mises, based on Stockman’s article Red Ponzi Ticking, points out its clay feet.

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